Football Outsiders Takes on the Tabletop

With the tagline “Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis” Football Outsiders (FO) would probably agree if one were to compare the site to the seminal site for baseball intelligentsia, Baseball Prospectus. Topics covered in the “Football Outsiders Basics” page include: You run when you win, not win when you run. Standard team rankings based on total yardage are inherently flawed Field-goal percentage is almost entirely random from season to season, while kickoff distance is one of the most consistent statistics in football. Recovery of a fumble, despite being the product of hard work, is almost entirely random. For the statistically (some may … Continue reading

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Though I didn’t come around here much over the summer, those months were not devoid of Tabletop-Sports gaming. Quite the contrary, in fact. I have a full-time job*, I have two young daughters, a wife (woo-hoo!), and all the attendant demands on my time that come with all these responsibilities. Fortunately, I do manage to find time to either roll a game or work on this blog nearly every night. However, most of the time it’s one or the other – rarely both. * “What?!” you exclaim. No, it’s true. I don’t play these games or write about them for a … Continue reading

This Week in Tabletop Sports

This Week in Tabletop Sports (TWITS) is a new (hopefully) weekly feature here on THIS WEEK IN TABLETOP SPORTS (8/31/2012) APBA GAMES Released 2011 Lineup Sheet and revised ratings for forthcoming 2011 APBA Football Cards. The set’s release was delayed by printer error. According to the latest news on APBA’s site, besides re-printing the corrected card data, they now have to produce more card shells. Regarding the card shells: “The printer is doing their best to get APBA in their schedule. Right now they have a large project for their biggest customer. We will keep you informed.“ Announced that … Continue reading

Mad Scientists and Homebrew Rules

We’re tinkerers, you and I. Most – maybe all – aficionados of Tabletop-Sports games have that in common, I think. We share a love of the hypothetical and an innate curiosity of what could be and might-have-been. We share the mad scientist’s thirst for answers and appetite for data, and insatiable need to build order in this otherwise disorderly world. In no way are these traits more apparent than when we tinker with the rules of our favorite games. In Strat-O-Matic baseball, I played 50 games once trying to perfect a rule where the first baseman’s fielding rating would come … Continue reading